All this is the gift of television. It has nothing to do with Sigmund Freud’s fundamental hypothesis; it is still right.
But this is how even your psychologists, world-famous people, behave unconsciously. He has completely forgotten that a new thing has happened between him and Sigmund Freud – and that is television. And it has changed not only the child’s dreams, but his behavior too.
He sees all kinds of robberies, rapes, murders, thieves…all kinds of dangerous people on the television. Those are pictorial. The sermons of the priest were not pictorial, they were linguistic. His parents’ teachings were linguistic, and he was not yet able to understand language and logic. But pictures he understands. So television has given all kinds of threatening, sensational, dangerous ideas to children’s minds.
It is television that should have been noted by the psychologist. But rather than focusing on television, he has immediately gone to criticize Sigmund Freud.
I am taking it as an example to give you a sense that even your psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, psychologists, are as unconscious as anybody else. There is no difference.
Not only have the dreams changed, but even the behavior of children.
In America, just a few days ago one child went into school with his father’s gun and killed four children at random. And it was not that they were enemies or anything – just random. He fired just because he had been watching continual killing, murder on the television…a great excitement. And it is not an exceptional case.
Young boys have been found trying to rape small girls. The idea is being given by the television. Children of the age of seven and eight are taking drugs. They have left hippies far behind. At least to be a hippie you used to be eighteen, nineteen, twenty…
Hippiedom exists only from twenty to thirty. After thirty the hippie disappears – in his place comes the yuppie. By the time he is thirty, he starts understanding that this way of life is not going to last long. Now his parents are refusing to support him, and the hippie has to change into a square world. He has to go back to the same society, clean shaved, well dressed, looking very professional and efficient. And yuppies have proved that they are capable of doing things. Now they have their homes, their cars, their wives, their children. And nobody can imagine that these people used to walk around the streets dirty, unclean.